@dajbelshaw Doug, don't be surprised if after a few years post-G+ I bring a weird newbie badge question. I think the pandemic has rekindled interest (up from nearly zero) on my campus and I thought of you right off.

I have your helpful intro from 2021 and will share locally. Not sure what our teaching/learning & ac. tech. directors really wanna do, or if they know yet. More later.


RT @JuusoNieminen@twitter.com

My study about disabled students' experiences of and in assessment has been published. These findings show the profound barriers that assessment creates for inclusion in amidst policies of widened access. OA! 🔓 link.springer.com/article/10.1

🐦🔗: twitter.com/JuusoNieminen/stat

I bet this is only true of centralised, algorithm-based social media 🤔

Certainly true in my own experience - I used to do a month-long Twitter detox. No need on the Fediverse!


Heck yeah! Looking forward to digging into "Inkubator Crosswords
100 Audacious Puzzles by Women and Nonbinary Creators" this weekend! → publishing.andrewsmcmeel.com/b

In short: we won't have responsible tech until we are all willing to do responsible tech work.

Hence, responsibletech.work

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While it's great seeing tech companies starting to think about ethics and responsible product development, I hope they also realize is a skill we all need to train, not just a role to fill.


I worry this will lead to the same mistakes companies make with diversity: add a D&I role, put a diversity statement on their website, don't actually commit to any internal changes, and then wonder why they can't attract more diverse talent (must be the pipeline, eh?)

Please boost: People who are at high-risk for COVID-19 complications:

1. What could conferences better do to support you?

2. What policies or resources would help you decide whether to attend an in-person conference?

I am angry. These companies and their CEO deserve bankruptcy and prison.

Special note to the people constantly telling me that fighting for privacy has nothing to do with fighting against gender-based violence: go f*** yourself.

You wonder what I'm talking about? Read this vice.com/en/article/m7vzjb/loc

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Government of Canada signs the Declaration for the Future of the Internet which calls for an "open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure" Internet for all. canada.ca/en/innovation-scienc

I usually don't worry about mainstream takes on , but Tressie wrote this up special, in her capacity as Plenipotentiary Emissary to the NY Times. So mainstream-adjacent, and yes go read it.

URL title is: "The real Twitter is not for sale"; visible title on the page is: "Black Twitter Is Not a Place, It’s a Practice"


Embracing "Community" is now a problem, something to be avoided.

Some Community College leaders seem to be saying 'as soon as we remove Community from our name, you'll think more highly of us.'
("It's only human natural" - Kevin Malone, The Office)

No longer a group of “misfits and oddballs.” Yep, that ought to do it!

From Josh Kim's article in IHE.

What Learners Really Think About Informal Virtual Learning Spaces

I believe these have been valid criticisms about online learning (and community-building events for online learners) for over 20 years:

"a lot of effort by event organizers to replicate an in-person experience in a virtual modality rather than reimagining the experience.

didn’t consider learner convenience when scheduling events.

we’re treated as second-class citizens.”

It's 2022, but colleges are still charging Technology Fees

Combing through the archives I found a 13-year-old rant about Tech Fees at my old college. I still remember being in heated conversations at the college and at the state system about how stupid this was. EVERYONE was against me. EVERYONE.

(Small copy/paste)
How would this look for a student invoice?

Technology fee
Safety fee
Intelligence fee
Rest room fee
Bullshit fee

Here's that rant from Dec 2008. barrydahl.com/2008/12/03/techn

re: misgendering 

You may not approve of someone's marriage.

But you don't "accidentally" keep referring to them as single, for years after their ceremony, do you?

No, because that would be sociopathic.

You make a fuckin point to learn their new name and status, because that's what humans do for other humans.

You learn it, and you refuse to let yourself forget, because you don't want to be known publicly as a flaming asshole.

Same if they get divorced.

And if you don't give trans people the same respect you'd give some shotgun wedding, wow. Says a lot.

@blueplanetslittlehelper I don't know, but it would be interesting/useful to find out.

If anyone reading this uses a screen-reader, please let us know the best option for emphasis:

Surround a word with /Obliques/


Surround a word with *Asterisks*

Please boost for reach!


So, hashtags are a powerful force unto themselves everywhere: here, Twitter & Facebook, and in the past on Google+. A quick search here seems to bear that out, the running convo on the word , and the unending flood of images for

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